“The world is so great and rich, and life so full of variety, that you can never lack occasions for poems.” -J.W. Goethe
…or stories, for that matter. I love this quote so incredibly much. Everyone who reads me regularly knows about my affliction with W.A.D.D., making it pretty damn hard for me to be able to focus on any one project at a time. This goes the same for plots. Just as I’m reading several different books of varied genres at a time, I’m usually writing them, too. And I think that’s okay. In fact, I think that’s great. There’s probably one genre where I’m better at writing it than I am some of the others, but my craving to write from every aspect of my creativity is insatiable and I intend to do all I can to feed it.
Take, for example, Bowlful of Bunnies. It’s a collaboration of all short work thus far that I deem good enough, and there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to the stories. Some of them are fantasy, there’s a science fiction spy noir piece, there’s a few regular pieces about every day life, there’s going to be a novella about vampires, and there’s historical fiction with Martin Luther and Mao-era China. I don’t know how anyone else will feel about it, but I know I’m excited. I’m always a little disappointed when an author puts out a collection of short stories and so many of them are practically the same. Situation’s a little different, characters have different names, but it’s the same idea, the same genre, the same tone and the same energy. I like an author to have variety; I want to know that they can write real life fiction as well as romance or science fiction or fantasy. It just makes me appreciate them all the more.
Now, it’s easy to get into a niche, and, usually, if there’s a type of fiction you’re writing often, it’s usually because you’re good at it, and I imagine there are some authors who are just much better at a certain kind of writing than the others, so they stick with what works. But there are a lot of them out there with that diversity, but they’re writing under pen names. The idea of different aliases for different genres has always rubbed me the wrong way, although I understand why it may be appealing from a business, publicity, or even private perspective. I think it would nice to break the stigma involved with having a fantasy writer jumping over to popular fiction, or a popular fiction writer taking on historical intrigue, or someone who’s only written science fiction to delve into something else, as well.
The world is filled with so many wonderful things, our minds are filled with so many great ideas, why restrict yourself? Embrace everything. Write everything. And let the world see all you can do.
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